|[10 AUG 99] MARCONI
COMMUNICATIONS PRESS RELEASE
Marconi Coventry Strengthens Position In The Billion Pound Australian Mobile Phone Market
Marconi Communications will supply Siemens Australia with the latest
in SDH technology for its turnkey contract with Vodafone.
This significant breakthrough into the £1 billion
Australian mobile market covers Marconi's Series 3 transmission equipment and the
company's management system.
The Series 3 is the latest offering in Marconi's
Coventry-built SDH product range. Vodafone will be one of many operators to deploy this
technology which will form a critical component of the company's mobile network.
Mike Parton, Coventry-based managing director, Marconi
"We are delighted that Siemens has awarded this
contract to Marconi, which reflects our presence in the Australian marketplace, and
further strengthens our position and presence in Australia as a leading supplier of SDH
With sales to more than 90 operators in over 60 countries,
the company is a global leader in SDH solutions. At present Marconi Communications
products are deployed with operators such as BT, KPN, Deutsche Telecom, Telecom Italia and
C&W amongst others.
This order comes less than two weeks after Marconi
announced it had signed a multi-million dollar contract with Siemens to supply Telstra,
the Australian telecommunications network operator with the latest SDH technology.
The contract covers Marconi's Series 3 synchronous
multiplexer family, EM-OS and the SDH extender and follows the successful conclusion of
the five year contract during which Marconi, via Siemens, provided Telstra with key SDH
and management products.
Marconi Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of GEC,
a world leader in smart broadband optical networks, access equipment, switching technology
for the Internet and network integration.
GEC's recent acquisition of US-based FORE Systems has
positioned the company to be a leading player in the new public network and enterprise
markets in addition to its established market leadership in the carrier and operators
sphere. It has sales to more than 140 countries, a major presence in Europe, the USA,
Africa and the Asia-Pacific Region.
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